Posted by: rowenawilcox | August 30, 2010

Newport Festival reaches new heights

A Daring Frenchman has scaled new heights and topped the record books by completing the UK’s highest wire walk.

Earlier today, circus star, Olivier Routsan, walked across the top cable of the Newport’s footbridge, putting the city in the spotlight yet again.

The aerialist from Toulouse, successfully manoeuvred the cable, which is 76 metres tall at its highest point, as part of the Newport Festival.

The stunt was scheduled for yesterday, although windy conditions prevented the circus performer from attempting the wire then.

This event is part of a range of activities taking place on both banks of the River Usk between Newport City Footbridge and the Town Bridge until September 5 to celebrate the city’s host status for this year’s Ryder Cup.

At the same time, another daredevil is thought to have broken the world record he set two years ago for the highest traverse of a high wire on a bicycle.

Nik Wallenda, a member of the Flying Wallendas circus family, cycled more than 30 metres along a wire strung between two hotels at the Bahamas’ Paradise Island Atlantis resort.

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